Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Focus on Tartan

Spring keeps trying to happen up here on the 45th and some days I can't bear to stay inside, but fiber is keeping my attention between the fits of digging in the dirt, pruning and bicycling.  The bike rides are to look for mushrooms - none found to date - pick up cans, spot wild flowers,  and when we make the full 6 miles into town, we usually find some icecream.  Well, at least the fresh air and exercise parts are good for us.  The crop of Dwarf Lake Iris is lush this year.  These rare beauties are about four inches tall.

Our guild offered to demonstrate fleece to Michigan tartan shawl at the Alcona County Fair on August 25th. We began with a fleece from Big Hand Farm near Boyne City.  IBL (Itty Bitty Lamb) is a clean, well-crimped Romney fleece with a four-inch plus staple.